learning to live it

Date June 3, 2009

I think I must be the most knowledgeable person in the world for all the things I’ve learned in this life of mine.

I’ve learned that chocolate milk chases nightmares away and that time doesn’t heal all hurts it just dulls them some.  I’ve learned that things never happen like you plan them, but the way they turn out is inevitably better anyway.  I’ve learned that hugs transcend language barriers, love crosses borders and spring always comes even if the colors are different when you live near the Equator.

I’ve learned to carry duct tape in my backpack, four quarters in my pocket, and Jesus in my heart.  I’ve learned that cold showers can be good things and that it’s okay to put off a to-do list until tomorrow.  I’ve learned that children are resilient and that adults hold grudges and that forgiveness should be free.

I’ve learned that I sleep better under one of Mamaw’s quilts and that people are life’s richest treasures.  Sunrises are meant to be seen and sunsets should steal your breath.  Exercise doesn’t give you the right to clean out your refrigerator, but eating your weight in chocolate is okay sometimes.  I’ve learned that time is precious and that it is fleeting.

I’ve learned that my future isn’t dictated by my past and that the greatest freedom to be found is in knowing who you are.  I’ve learned that some roads are curvy and mountainous and others are straight and sure for miles upon miles and that both of those roads lead to somewhere and going somewhere is always better than going nowhere.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to be imperfect, but not to be insecure.  I’ve learned that guarding your heart keeps you from loving completely and being loved and that it’s okay to shed tears for people that you’ve never met.  I’ve learned that I can’t change the world by myself, but that I can make a difference.  I’ve learned that life is short and good and that there’s nothing I enjoy more than living it.

7 Responses to “learning to live it”

  1. me said:

    I knew I loved you for some reason! 🙂

  2. deanna said:

    I enjoy reading your ‘ramblings’!

  3. Lou said:

    Wisdom beyond your years……and very well said.

  4. Trava said:

    Some people live a lifetime and don’t learn any of those lessons. Some are fortunate to learn them early. Still others are unfortunate to learn them too fast and too hard, and are bitter by them. God is gracious beyond measure when He allows us to have the knowledge and get the wisdom to go along with it.

    Thank you for sharing……..AND I love you more than my luggage!!

  5. Anya said:

    I look forward to pulling up your page and getting something new. I just love it!!

  6. Kyles said:

    Em, love your heart felt words and sharing these moments with you!! xo

  7. Summer said:

    Darn it, Emily! I always think you’ve written the best post I’ve ever read, and then you write one even better, like this one. And you make me want to just quit musing and writing and really bothering to think at all, since you’ve already cornered the market!